Wake Forest University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine

Cancer Biology


1834 Wake Forest Road

Reynolda Hall

Winston-Salem, NC 27106

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Cancer Biology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The PhD in Cancer Biology program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is designed to train the next generation of scientists in basic and translational research in cancer biology.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Exposure to a wide variety of cancer research approaches
  • Highly interactive relationships with faculty 
  • Development of a foundation in basic science and fundamentals of cancer research

Areas of Research:

  • Cellular defense and metabolism
  • Aberrant signaling pathways in tumor cells
  • Cell growth and survival
  • Molecular cancer epidemiology
  • Gene-environment interactions
  • Cancer control

Research and course work trains our graduates to critically evaluate basic biological principles in cancer biology and to design meaningful experiments to test formulated hypotheses. Designed to provide maximum exposure to the cancer problem, while providing necessary biological and biochemical fundamentals.

Application to this PhD program is made through the Molecular and Cellular Bioscience Track. This unique track allows students to enter graduate school with the freedom and flexibility to explore several programs before committing to a specific research topic. A range of mentors can be selected whose research spans basic and translational fields of cutting-edge molecular and cellular biology.



Wake Forest University is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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